Stuart Brooker initially recalls his father, Training Sgt. Shammuah Henry Brooker’s military career. He fought in WWII and, on being in- valided out was transferred to Enniskillen Ely Lodge Army Barracks as a training officer. While there, he met his future wife and the couple made their home in Enniskillen. At the outbreak of the Troubles, Stuart’s father joined the UDR, as did Stuart, who joined on a part time basis while working in the Department of Agriculture. He was assigned to a section of eight men, and he describes a devised pattern which enabled him to rapidly deploy from his home. He was often called out to follow up on an incident, and he clearly recalls the traumatic aftermath of the fatal shooting of Alan Ferguson and the wounding of his colleague in Florence Court in 1978. Stuart Brooker joined the Orange Order in 1976 and today holds a senior position in the Order. He explains that the Order has slowly evolved into a more open organisation over the years.
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